Studies in Welsh History: North Wales Miners - A Fragile Unity 1945-19 96
|ISBN: 9780708317068 (0708317065)Dyddiad Cyhoeddi Ionawr 2002 |
Cyhoeddwr: Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru / University of Wales Press, CaerdyddFformat: Clawr Caled, 216x138 mm, 284 tudalen
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Dadansoddiad ysgolheigaidd o newidiadau cymdeithasol, gwleidyddol a diwydiannol yng nghymunedau glofaol Gogledd Cymru, 1945-1996, yn cynnwys gwerthfawrogiad o ymchwil y glöwr am ei hunaniaeth ac o gyfraniad gweithgareddau undebau llafur i newid gwleidyddiaeth Prydain yn yr 20fed ganrif. 14 ffotograff du-a-gwyn.
A scholarly analysis of social, political and industrial change in the working-class mining communities of North Wales, 1945-1996, comprising an appreciation of the miner's quest for self-identity and the contribution of trade union activities to changing the face of 20th century British politics. 14 black-and-white photographs.
In this latest, most welcome addition (the eighteenth volume) to the highly acclaimed Studies in Welsh History series, Dr Keith Gildart adds appreciably to the small but growing literature on the industrial history of north Wales.
The author, a native of industrial north Wales and himself a working miner for five years from 1985, later studied as a mature student at Northern College, Barnsley and Manchester University, where he subsequently pursued doctoral research which eventually culminated in the publication of this impressive pioneering study. He thus displays a close empathy with the communities whose fate he discusses so lucidly. The author of several important articles and co-editor of the magisterial Dictionary of Labour Biography, Dr Gildart is now a research fellow at the University of York.
The work straddles the highly eventful period between the nationalization of the coal industry by the post-war Labour government in 1947 and its privatization by the Major government in 1994 and the action-packed, momentous years in between. Successive chapters offer a scholarly synthesis of the nature of the north Wales coal industry, the impact of English immigrant miners and unrelenting pit closures, the national miners strikes of 1972, 1974 and 1984-85 and the gradual run-down of the industry in north Wales. A particular strength of the analysis is the judicious balance between national events and local developments. New, significant light emerges on the local role of the National Union of Mineworkers in north Wales, the contribution of the Labour movement and the Labour Party, and the devastating impact of successive waves of pit closures on the coal-mining communities of the area and individual miners and their immediate families.
The research is admirably complete, embracing rich archival and documentary sources (notably the archive of the North Wales NUM at Hawarden), an extensive programme of interviews and personal reminiscences, official reports, newspapers and journals, and an array of secondary literature (both contemporary and later)relevant to the British coal industry generally as well as to Wales specifically. All are woven into a highly readable, coherent, compelling narrative.
The volume is eminently well produced, fully documented and indexed, and contains a number of fascinating illustrations relevant to the theme of the discussion. This unfailingly scholarly volume is a major contribution to our understanding of the social, political and industrial history of north Wales since World War Two, and helps to shift the perspective away from our near obsession with industrial south Wales where, indeed, 'coal was king'. One anticipates eagerly the appearance of further volumes in this notable series.
J. Graham Jones
It is possible to use this review for promotional purposes, but the following acknowledgment should be included: A review from www.gwales.com, with the permission of the Welsh Books Council.
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North Wales Miners
A Fragile Unity, 1945-1996
pp xvi277 14 b/w ills. 216x138mm December 2001 hardback £25.00
While the editors assure us that this is not a definitive study of the Assembly, it is, nevertheless, a fine snapshot of the ways in which the solutions to issues in Welsh society are changing to reflect the new political structures within the nation. Planet
The inter-relationship of coal, community and politics is central to the history of modern Wales and, for many, the south Wales valleys symbolize the culture of coalfield communities. The North Wales Miners: A Fragile Unity, 19451996 offers a new insight into mining history. It moves away from the industrial south and examines the recent history of the north Wales coalfield and its place in working-class history.
'The research is admirably complete, embracing rich archival and documentary
sources (notably the archive of the North Wales NUM at Hawarden), an
extensive programme of interviews and personal reminiscences, official reports, newspapers and journals, and an array of (both contemporary and
later) secondary literature relevant to the British coal industry generally as well as to Wales specifically. All are woven into a highly readable, coherent, compelling narrative.
The volume is eminently
well produced, fully documented and indexed, and contains a number of fascinating illustrations relevant to the theme of the
discussion. This unfailingly scholarly volume is a major contribution to ourunderstanding of the social, political and industrial history of north Wales
since World War Two,
and helps to shift the perspective away from our near
obsession with industrial south Wales where indeed 'coal was king'. One anticipates eagerly the appearance of further volumes in this notable
Keith Gildart concentrates on the period between the nationalization of the coal industry in 1947 and its privatization in 1994 and, through a detailed study of groups, individuals and communities, demonstrates the complex nature of work and politics during a period of momentous change in British coalfield history. He pays particular attention to the politics of the National Union of Mineworkers, the role of the Labour Party, and the impact of pit closures on miners and their localities. North Wales Miners combines oral history and archival sources to provide a ground-breaking account of social, political and industrial change in post-war Wales.
A former north Wales miner himself, Keith Gildart is currently a Research Fellow in Politics at the University of York and an Editor of the Dictionary of Labour Biography. He has published widely on British and Welsh labour history.
•The Golden Age of Labourism, 1945-1963
•Miners, Labour and pit closures, 1964-1971
•The Politics of Coal, 1972-1982
•The Fragmentation of Unity, 1983-1988
•The End of an era, 1989-1996
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